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Southern California is home to some of the most gorgeous beaches in the country, with nearly half the state’s boundaries surrounded by water. Every area has its own luxury resorts offering golfing and beaches, but weeding through the pack to find the best ones can seem daunting. To save time, here’s a list of some of the best resorts for beaches and golfing in Southern California.

Some might argue that the best golfing in the country is in Palm Springs, but for those looking to also the enjoy the beach, Palm Springs is too far removed from the ocean. Instead look to San Diego. The Pala Mesa Golf Resort offers proximity to Carlsbad Beach, and Oceanside Beach, and an 18 hole par-72 golf course on site. The Pala Messa Golf Course was named one of the top 10 golf courses in the county in 2006. Located near the resort are a variety of other opportunities including wine tasting and hot air balloon rides. For the golfers, the resort also offers a special “Unlimited Golf Package” that includes two days of golf and a room at the resort, starting at only $99 a night.

Orange County is another option in Southern California, and the best resort with both great beaches and golfing is Laguna Rivera Resort on the Beach in Laguna Beach. For the beach enthusiast, the resort provides free rentals of water equipment including surfboards. The resort also has a close proximity to some of California’s biggest attractions such as Disney Land, Crystal Cove State Park, and is less than an hour from Hollywood. Hotel rates begin at $99 a night.

The nearest golf course to Laguna Rivera is the Aliso Creek Golf Course. Vacationers might prefer the Aliso Creek Golf Inn on the property, though it depends on what they prefer; golfing or the beach. Laguna Rivera offers beach proximity, but a short drive to the golf course, with the opposite at Aliso Creek; a short drive to the beach, but onsite golfing. Room prices at Aliso Creek began at $134 a night, and they also offer executive suites and penthouses. Aliso Creek is also home to the Canyon Lodge American Grill steakhouse. Other than their 9 hole, par-32 golf course, vacationers can take lessons from a pro, spend time in their spa, or take a trip to the Aliso State Beach.

Many visitors to Southern California immediately think of Los Angeles and in LA, the top choice for a golf and beach resort is The Tower Beverly Hills. Amenities at the resort include laundry service, a fitness room, and an outdoor pool. Venice Beach and several golf courses are located within a ten minute drive. Prices range from $150-300 a night. Visitors can check out the sites and sounds of Hollywood when they need a break from the beaches and golfing.

The Avalon Hotel is the best option for those vacationing on Catalina Island. This gorgeous hotel has free internet, in-room refrigerators, and is just minutes from the historic Casino Building. After enjoying a dip in the ocean, play a round of golf at the Catalina Golf Course with its two 18-hole courses. Prices begin at $195 per night, and they have a special deal running now; book a stay online in September or October, start on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, and get a night’s stay free.

The best resorts in Southern California must have beach access and a quality golf course within a short distance. The resorts listed above offer both, and a whole lot more.